Food, Health, and Agriculture in South Asia: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions

Call for Papers 

March 29-30, 2012
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Historically, South Asia has provided one of the world’s most vibrant, unique, and diverse indigenous cuisines well-adapted and suitable to sustain its population.  In contemporary times and in globalized context, the food system of South Asia is changing rapidly, with concomitant health effects, while the indigenous foods of South Asia spread well beyond the diaspora.

The purpose of this conference is to create an open, creative environment for academic researchers and applied practitioners (in the social and biological sciences) working on topics related to health, food studies, and agriculture in South Asia to share insights and experiences across disciplines around contemporary food, health, and South Asia to stimulate new collaborative ideas for research and practice. The conference incorporates traditional elements (didactic sharing) with innovative experiences involving South Asian food and creative networking strategies to stimulate new thinking.

We are specifically soliciting abstracts for consideration in the following areas for presentation on Friday, March 30, 2012:

  1. Food and Health: Contemporary Experiences in and Influences of South Asia
  2. Food Systems and Agriculture in South Asia
  3. Health, Medicines, and Food in South Asia

Topics within those themes are open, though abstracts that reflect contemporary issues, policy, and recent fieldwork are especially encouraged.

Additionally, we are accepting abstracts from students (graduate or undergraduate) to present posters on the above topics or other related topics that describe field experiences, research findings, or study designs. Student posters will be presented during lunch on Friday, March 30th.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words by January 31, 2012.  If you have any questions regarding your submission, or about the conference more generally, please contact Dr. Timothy De Ver Dye.

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